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Week of 29 August, 2021
Sunday - 8/29
1:00 PMComment End - Danskammer Energy LLC
https://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20210721_not3.html
Contact  Michael Higgins, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits, Bureau of Energy Project Management
625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1750, Phone: (518) 402-9179, E-mail: DanskammerEnergy@dec.ny.gov

Current Notice:

This Notice serves to provide the public notification that the DEC will hold public comment hearings on August 23 and 25, 2021 as described below.

Project Description

Danskammer Energy, LLC (Danskammer or Facility) is proposing to construct a new natural gas fired combined cycle power generation facility, the Danskammer Energy Center, in the Town of Newburgh, Orange County, New York, which will consist of an optimal 536 net megawatt (MW) facility located at the site of its existing Danskammer Generating Station. The proposed Facility (combustion turbine) will be primarily fueled by natural gas with ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) as a backup fuel for up to the full load equivalent of 720 hours per year.

Legislative Public Comment Hearings

Pursuant to 6 NYCRR 621.8, legislative public comment hearings for the receipt of public comments on the permit applications will be held on dates, times and at the location listed below.

In-Person Legislative Public Comment Hearings:

In-person legislative public comment hearing sessions to receive unsworn statements from the public on the applications and the draft permits, will be held before Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Michael S. Caruso on:

Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Marlboro High School Auditorium
50 Cross Road
Marlboro, NY 12542

Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Marlboro High School Auditorium
50 Cross Road
Marlboro, NY 12542

Please take notice, that consistent with the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks or socially distance during the hearing sessions. Unvaccinated/unknown vaccination status individuals need to maintain six feet of social distance and need to wear masks, in accordance with the federal CDC guidelines.

Virtual Legislative Public Comment Hearings:

In addition to the in-person hearing sessions, virtual public comment hearing sessions will be conducted electronically before ALJ Caruso through the Webex Events electronic webinar platform. The virtual sessions will begin at 1:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. on August 23, 2021. Instructions for attending and providing oral statements at the virtual legislative public comment hearing sessions may be accessed at the DEC's website at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6061.html. Persons who wish to receive the instructions by mail or telephone may contact the NYSDEC Office of Hearings and Mediation Services by telephone at (518) 402-9003 or by email to ohms@dec.ny.gov. Please provide your first and last name, address, and telephone number and reference the Danskammer public comment hearing.

Legislative Public Comment Hearings and Written Comments

All persons, organizations, corporations, or government agencies which may be affected by the proposed project are invited to attend the public comment hearings and to submit oral or written comments. It is not necessary to speak at both the virtual and in-person hearings, as equal weight is given to statements made in each forum.

Persons who wish to speak at an in-person hearing session are encouraged to pre-register by 10:00 a.m. on August 24, 2021. To pre-register, contact the NYS DEC - Office of Hearings and Mediation Service by telephone at (518) 402-9003, or by email at ohms@dec.ny.gov. Please provide your first and last name, address, and telephone number, reference the Danskammer public comment hearing, and indicate the session you wish to speak at. Instructions for registering to speak at a virtual hearing session may be accessed as indicated above.

Lengthy statements should be in writing and summarized for oral presentation. Reasonable time limits may be set for each speaker to afford everyone an opportunity to be heard. Equal weight will be given to both oral and written statements. The hearing locations are fully accessible to persons with mobility impairment. Interpreter services shall be made available to deaf persons, and translator services shall be made available to persons with limited English proficiency, at no charge for either service, upon written request to the ALJ at least 10 days prior to the hearing. Requests should be submitted to ALJ Caruso, NYSDEC, Office of Hearings and Mediation Services, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-1550 or by email to ohms@dec.ny.gov.

Written comments submitted to NYS DEC during this comment period and oral comments given at any of the legislative public comment hearings are considered part of the record. At the conclusion of the public comment period, NYS DEC staff will determine pursuant to 6 NYCRR 621.8 whether substantive or significant issues have been raised in the public comments or legislative hearing to warrant an adjudicatory hearing, or whether a final decision should be made on the applications without any further adjudication. If no issues are raised to warrant further adjudication, the NYS DEC will proceed to final decision. In case of a determination to issue the requested permits, the NYS DEC will develop a response to comments, provide public notice of the approval of the permits and issue the requested permits.

Individuals and parties may also file written comments to the NYS DEC representative listed
below. All written comments must be postmarked or submitted electronically by email no later than August 29, 2021 to the contact person listed above.

For additional information, a copy of the NYS DEC's permit hearing procedures is available on the NYS DEC web site at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6234.html.



5:00 PMComment End - Astoria Gas Turbine Power Replacement Project
https://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20210721_not2.html
Contact  Christopher Hogan NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits
625 Broadway, 4th Fl, Albany, NY 12233-1750 , Phone: (518)402-9167, Fax: (518)402-9168, E-mail: comment.nrgastoriagas@dec.ny.gov

This Notice serves to provide the public notification that the NYS DEC will hold public comment hearings on August 24 and 26, 2021 as described below.

Project Description:

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS), and applications for draft Title IV and Title V air permits, draft Industrial SPDES permit modification and water withdrawal for the proposed Astoria Replacement Project (Replacement Project), are complete for the purposes of public review and comment. The existing Facility currently consists of 31 older, peaking-only gas and oil-fired CTs including 24 Pratt & Whitney (P&W) turbines and seven retired Westinghouse turbines, with a combined nameplate rating of 646 MWe (502 MWe not including the retired Westinghouse turbines). The proposed Replacement Project, as modified, will replace the nearly 50-year-old P&W and Westinghouse turbines at the Facility with a new state-of-the art simple cycle dual-fuel peaking CTG. The proposed Replacement Project will include a new CTG which will be a highly efficient, quick start, fast-ramping, General Electric (GE) H-Class 7HA.03 or equivalent unit that has a nominal generator output of approximately 437 MWe. The new CTG will fire natural gas as the primary fuel with limited ultra-low sulfur distillate (ULSD) liquid fuel for backup. The proposed Replacement Project will also include a ULSD-fired emergency generator, and two ULSD-fired emergency fire water pumps. All of the existing units, with the exception of one P&W Twin Pac (consisting of two combustion turbines and a single generator), will be permanently shut down once the proposed Replacement Project has completed its shakedown period. The two remaining P&W turbines will remain operational to make the site black-start capable until replaced by an approximately 24 MWe battery energy storage system. The P&W Twin Pac uses natural gas as its primary fuel with ultra-low sulfur kerosene (ULSK) as backup. Make up water will be sourced from existing connections to the New York City water supply. No water will be withdrawn from the East River. Construction will require dewatering of the project site. The dewatering will involve the withdrawal of approximately 0.7 MGD of groundwater. The groundwater will be treated and ultimately discharged via existing outfall 001.

Written Comments:

All written comments concerning the draft air permits must be submitted to the NYS DEC Contact Person listed below by August 29, 2021. Comments sent by regular mail must be postmarked no later than August 29, 2021. E-mail and Fax comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. (EDT), August 29, 2021. All written comments regarding the permit applications, proposed draft permits, fact sheets and SDEIS submitted by e-mail should be sent to: comment.nrgastoriagas@dec.ny.gov.

Public Comment Hearings:

In-Person Public Comment Hearings:

In-person public comment hearing sessions to receive unsworn statements from the public on the applications and the draft permits, and the SDEIS, will be held before Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Daniel P. O'Connell at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on August 26, 2021 at the Variety Boys and Girls Club, 21-12 30th Road, Long Island City, NY 11102.

Please take notice, that consistent with the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks or socially distance during the hearing sessions. Unvaccinated/unknown vaccination status individuals need to maintain six feet of social distance and need to wear masks, in accordance with the federal CDC guidelines.

Virtual Public Comment Hearings:

In addition to the in-person hearing sessions, virtual public comment hearing sessions will be conducted electronically before ALJ McBride through the Webex Events electronic webinar platform. The virtual sessions will begin at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on August 24, 2021. Instructions for attending and providing oral statements at the virtual public comment hearing sessions may be accessed at the NYS DEC's website at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6061.html. Persons who wish to receive the instructions by mail or telephone may contact the NYS DEC Office of Hearings and Mediation Services by telephone at (518) 402-9003 or by email to ohms@dec.ny.gov. Please provide your first and last name, address, and telephone number and reference the Astoria Gas Turbine Power Replacement Project public comment hearing.

All persons, organizations, corporations, or government agencies which may be affected by the proposed project are invited to attend the public comment hearings and to submit oral or written comments. It is not necessary to speak at both the virtual and in-person hearing sessions, as equal weight is given to statements made in each forum.

Persons who wish to speak at an in-person hearing session are encouraged to pre-register by 10:00 a.m. on August 25, 2021. To pre-register, contact the NYS DEC Office of Hearings and Mediation Service by telephone at (518) 402-9003, or by email at ohms@dec.ny.gov. Please provide your first and last name, address, and telephone number, reference the Astoria Gas Turbine Power Replacement Project public comment hearing, and indicate the session you wish to speak at. Instructions for registering to speak at a virtual hearing session may be accessed as indicated above.

Lengthy statements should be in writing and summarized for oral presentation. Reasonable time limits may be set for each speaker to afford everyone an opportunity to be heard. Equal weight will be given to both oral and written statements. The hearing locations are fully accessible to persons with mobility impairment. Interpreter services shall be made available to deaf persons, and translator services shall be made available to persons with limited English proficiency, at no charge for either service, upon written request to the ALJ at least 10 days prior to the hearing. Requests should be submitted to ALJ Molly T. McBride, NYS DEC - Office of Hearings and Mediation Services, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-1550 or by e-mail to ohms@dec.ny.gov.

Contact: Christopher Hogan, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-1750 , Phone: (518) 402-9167, Fax: (518) 402-9168, E-mail: comment.nrgastoriagas@dec.ny.gov



Monday - 8/30
1:30 PMFive Rivers: Monday Funday Explorers: Creek Critters
https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or 5rivers@dec.ny.gov
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

Join a naturalist at this afternoon program for children in grades K–5 and their caregivers. Be prepared to get wet as we explore the Vlomankill stream to look for and examine the critters that live in the water. Please bring closed-toed shoes, such as rainboots or old sneakers. Meet at the visitor center.

Space is limited. Please call 518-475-0291 by Friday, August 27 to register.



Tuesday - 8/31
7:00 PMPublic Availability Session - Cohoes Linden Sreett MGP Site (Cohoes)
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/2...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

A virtual public meeting has been scheduled on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 7:00 PM at the Cohoes Senior Center, 10 Cayuga Plaza, Cohoes, NY 12047 to discuss the cleanup activities about to begin at the Cohoes Linden Street Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) Site #401078 (Cohoes, Albany County), within New York’s Manufactured Gas Plant Program.

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn more about the cleanup.



Wednesday - 9/1
No Scheduled Events
Thursday - 9/2
 Draft Investigation Plan - Broad St Irving Ave (Port Chester) Comment Deadline
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/2...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

DEC invites the public to comment about a draft plan to investigate contamination related to the Broad Street Irving Ave Cleaners, site ID #C360213 (Port Chester, Westchester County) within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the draft plan will be accepted through September 2, 2021.

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn about the draft plan and how to comment.

Project documents can be reviewed online at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/C360213/

And at:

New Rochelle Public Library
Attn: Tom Geoffino, Director
1 Library Plaza
New Rochelle, NY 10801
(914) 632-7878



1:00 PMFive Rivers: Citizen Community Science: Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP)
https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or 5rivers@dec.ny.gov
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

Take part in ongoing research on monarch butterflies. For more than 15 years, we have collected data at Five Rivers and contributed to the University of Minnesota’s continent-wide citizen science project. The goal of the MLMP is to better understand how and why monarch populations vary, with a focus on their distribution and abundance during the breeding season in North America (Canada, Mexico, and United States). Go to monarchjointventure.org/mlmp to learn more about the project.

For this program, meet at the pavilion near the main parking lot.

Please call 518-475-0291 by the Monday  before the program to register



 Five Rivers: Citizen Science: Monarch Larva Monitoring
https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or 5rivers@dec.ny.gov
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

For more than 15 years, data collected at Five Rivers has been contributed to this continent-wide citizen science project conducted through the University of Minnesota. You can join volunteers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico in conserving monarchs and advancing understanding of butterfly ecology and migration in general. Wear long pants and bring a sun hat and water. We will meet at the visitor center. Go to www.mlmp.org to learn about the project.

Space is limited and registration is required. Call 518-475-0291 by the Saturday prior to register. 

For the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers, and in compliance with guidance from New York State, the New York State Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), social distancing practices must be followed. Masks must be worn throughout guided programs, while at a roving program, and on the trails whenever a 6-foot distance cannot be maintained between individuals or households.  



4:00 PMVirtual Public Comment Hearing - White Lake Granite Quarry Oneida County
https://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20210811_not6.html
Contact  Zachary Goodale
Comment.WhiteLakeGranite2021@dec.ny.gov

NYSDEC will hold a virtual public comment session on Thursday, September 2, 2021 beginning at 4:00 PM to accept oral statements regarding the draft permit application received from White Lake Granite Quarry who seeks approval to develop and operate a 26.6-acre Life of Mine surface granite mine on a 56.5-acre parcel owned by Red Rock Quarry Associates, LLC. 

Those interested in attending or providing oral statements must register in advance of the hearing at http://www.webex.com and click "Join a Meeting", and enter the meeting access number, 179 384 8725 and click "Register" to complete the necessary fields. 

Comments for this draft application must be filed with the NYSDEC no later than the deadline on September 17. 2021.
All comments received by the DEC, written or oral, are weighted the same. Electronic comment submission must be sent to: Comment.WhiteLakeGranite2021@dec.ny.gov
Written comments must be submitted to NYSDEC, Attn: Zachary Goodale, Environmental Analyst, Rm. 1404, 207 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13350.

More information on the draft permit can be found by visiting: https://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6061.html


Friday - 9/3
 Brownfield App. & Work Plan - 68-19 Rego Park LLC Site (Queens) Comment Deadline
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/2...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

DEC has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application and Draft Remedial Investigation Work Plan for a site known as the 68-19 Rego Park LLC, site ID #C241258. This site is located in the Borough of Queens, within the County of Queens, and is located at 68-19 Woodhaven Boulevard. Public comments about the application and draft work plan must be submitted by September 3, 2021.

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn about the site and how to comment.

Project documents can be reviewed online at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/C241258/

And at:

Queens Public Library Rego Park
91-41 63rd Drive
Rego Park, NY 11374

Queens Community Board 6
104-01 Metropolitan Avenue
Forest Hills, NY 11375



 Proposed Cleanup - 280 West 155th Street Site (Manhattan) Comment Deadline
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/2...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

DEC invites the public to comment about a proposal to address contamination related to the 280 West 155th Street, site ID #C231138 (Manhattan, New York County) within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the proposal will be accepted through September 3, 2021.

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn about the proposal and how to comment.

Project documents can be reviewed online at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/C231138/

And at:

NYPL Washington Heights Library
1000 St. Nicholas Avenue
New York, New York 10032
(212) 923-6054

Manhattan Community Board 10
215 West 125th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10027
(212) 749-3105
Email: mn10@cb.nyc.gov



Saturday - 9/4
9:45 AMFive Rivers: The Nature Bus Connects You with Five Rivers
https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or 5rivers@dec.ny.gov
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

Hop on the free Nature Bus in Albany every Saturday to enjoy scenic outdoor walks or programs at Five Rivers and other natural areas in Albany County. Stay for the day or visit multiple locations along the bus route.

Route details, including the schedule and destinations, can be found on CDTA’s website



10:00 AMReinstein Woods - Summer’s End Stroll
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  716-683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Celebrate the end of summer break with a guided walk.

We welcome those who have any type of physical challenge to all our programs. If you call ahead to let us know your needs, we will be happy to learn how we can serve you.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Registration is required for ALL programs unless otherwise indicated; call 716-683-5959 to register. 
  • If you call outside of normal business hours, you will receive a call confirming your registration or waitlist status. PLEASE SPEAK CLEARLY when leaving your name and phone number as our system does not have caller ID. Unless you receive a callback, you are not registered. 
  • Social distancing and mask protocols are subject to change with current COVID guidelines.
  • In case of poor weather, programs may be cancelled.
  • We cannot accommodate organized youth/civic groups at these programs. Please call to make other arrangements.


11:00 AMReinstein Woods - Woods Walk: Aliens
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  716-683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Are there visitors from outer space in Reinstein Woods? No, just plants and animals that have been introduced from other parts of the world. Join a guided tour to meet some of them. No registration required.

We welcome those who have any type of physical challenge to all our programs. If you call ahead to let us know your needs, we will be happy to learn how we can serve you.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Registration is required for ALL programs unless otherwise indicated; call 716-683-5959 to register. 
  • If you call outside of normal business hours, you will receive a call confirming your registration or waitlist status. PLEASE SPEAK CLEARLY when leaving your name and phone number as our system does not have caller ID. Unless you receive a callback, you are not registered. 
  • Social distancing and mask protocols are subject to change with current COVID guidelines.
  • In case of poor weather, programs may be cancelled.
  • We cannot accommodate organized youth/civic groups at these programs. Please call to make other arrangements.


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